Like most Police Departments around the country, the South Bend Police Department works hard to recruit new officers. In the past couple of years, the SBPD placed a special focus on the volume, quality, and diversity of applicants. Since moving from a paper-based to electronic applicant system, SBPD is better able to understand our applicants and how they experience the recruiting process, summarized below.
Below is a visual representation of the hiring stages in the recruitment process.
*Hiring contingent upon the passing of the last stages
Using data and applicant feedback, the SBPD has been working to adjust and improve our process to make it as effective and fair as possible while ensuring that our Police Officers meet SBPD’s high standards. By sharing this information we hope to give the public greater insight into the recruiting process. We also aim to provide current and future applicants with an understanding of where most applicants traditionally experience attrition, so that they can prepare for success.
Current beginning salaries and benefits of SBPD officers are laid out below:
2021 Base Salary:
| Attending Academy: $50,782/yr | First Year: $56,024/yr + Shift Incentives | Second Year: $63,358/yr + Shift Incentives |
- Shifts- Afternoon: $2,500/yr or Midnight: $3,500/yr
Below is a visualization of the hiring stages and the counts of candidates through each stage, beginning in 2017. There are breakdowns of demographics by eac stage which were electively provided by applicants.
Updated upon the completion of a hiring cycle.
Click here for a walk-through guide on the features of this dashboard.
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Scroll down to the below table to view training completed by members of the South Bend Police Department, beginning July 2016. This list includes both on-site and off-site trainings by officers of any level, not just new recruits.